Whoo hoo! You read a food label.
Now keep those good habits going with a few of our favorite food label-reading tricks.
Three ways to master food labels
- Look at the top of the label. Read the calories per serving and think about how many servings you normally eat. Remember, if you eat two servings, you’ll need to double the calories and all the other nutrients on the label.
- Peek at the fat and sodium content. The American Heart Association recommends the average person consume less than 13 grams of saturated fat, no trans fats, and less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.
- Check the amount of soluble fiber. Remember that eating enough dietary fiber each day can lower your levels of LDL, or bad, cholesterol.
The next time you’re shopping, just remember that some of the healthiest foods in the store, like fresh fruits and vegetables don’t need a nutrition label to tell you they’re good for you!
Individual results may vary. Supplementation with plant sterols typically reduces cholesterol by 5-15% within several weeks. Adding other lifestyle changes, including a heart healthy diet, can reduce cholesterol by up to 30%. Repeat lipid testing is recommended. Speak with your physician if you have questions.